Choosing Adventure over my Comfort Zone

I am not what you would call an adventurer.  I am a home-body.  I’m not really an introvert, but more of a lover of the routine.  I like what I like.  I could eat the same food for 5 days in a row for lunch and be fine with that.  I don’t like leaving my comfort zone.  I am easily “scared” by new places and situations.  I get anxious walking in Downtown areas.

My husband, on the other hand, is an adventurer.  He likes to be spontaneous and “on-the-go.”  He doesn’t like leftovers, and things that would give me an ulcer he thinks nothing of.  His comfort zone is apparently much larger than mine.  So, as you can imagine, in the past we have had more than one heated “disagreement” concerning my immediate negativity when he brings up the idea of a spontaneous adventure.  I am trying to do better.

Enter the Colorado challenge.  Kevin had to travel to Colorado for work.  His great idea… since the kids are homeschooled, he could get permission to drive instead of fly and we can all go.  We could do school in the hotel and the kids would get to see snow.  Of course, they were ALL over that idea.

Me, my inside voice is screaming, “What?!?!  Drive in the car for 40 hours in one week?  With three kids?  We can’t afford this – we’re on month ONE of our Dave Ramsey budget – we can’t go and blow it on the first month.  We’d have to cook all our meals in the hotel, and spend money on ‘adventures’.  And you want me to take the kids out BY MYSELF to do things during the day while you work.  Are you crazy?!? ”

But I didn’t scream all that immediately.  Although they may have been said at one time or another.  In a calm, non-negative voice.  (I hope!).  I struggled back and forth with myself – between my immediate “comfortable” reaction, and the one that would support my husband and children on their “adventure”.  In the end, before he left for work one morning, my husband said it was my choice.  That he knew I didn’t really want to go and that was fine, because it would be easier on him to make plans anyway.  So, I said a relieved “okay.”  But I didn’t feel as relieved as I thought I would.  I felt bad for wimping out and I knew the children would be upset when I told them we weren’t going to Colorado with daddy.

He left for work, and I sat down to listen to one of my recent favorite songs:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back
I know you are near

and then it got to this part:

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?

Whom then shall I fear?

Wow.  Tears.  I texted Kevin and told him we were coming.  That I really wanted to.  And he said okay.  And we went.  And I was not afraid.

And my children got to be paleontologists for free:

And we visited a God-made amphitheater that had some man-made additions.  The girls pretended to rock out on a stage where the Beatles once performed… once again, for free.

And we visited “Focus on the Family” where they recorded their own radio show (yes, for FREE):

And they spent time playing in a 1900s kitchen,

And visited an 1860s one-room schoolhouse while snow-dust fell lightly in our path (yep, all for free):

And my Texas-coast-raised children got to see real snow.

Lots of it.

And we had wonderful family time the weekend after Kevin was done with work.

And I got to photograph beauty that God created for me:

And it was good.

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

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About Laura

A Christian wife, mother, daughter, photographer, amateur chef, homeschooler, pretend gardener, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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7 Responses to Choosing Adventure over my Comfort Zone

  1. Mim March 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    Wow! Great pictures! I am so happy you went and were so blessed.

  2. Debi Kirksey March 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    That would take some “stepping out” on my part too–to throw the routine and schedule out and take some risks, but it looks like it was a great pay off. Pretty photos –lots of fun for the kids.

  3. Amanda March 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Love the song. Love that you had a great trip. Love the family!

  4. Donna Russell March 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Love the pictures, Laura! Looks like a great trip.

  5. Linda Timaeus June 21, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Isn’t it amazing how God teaches us.

  6. Nedra Rodriguez January 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    Love this article! So many times we want to only highlight the ‘goodness’ of our lives, but so many people are helped and encouraged when we show our faults and overcome them through being Christlike. Thank you again for this article. It has encouraged me to put others first. So many things I don’t want to do, however, I do them because it is NOT about me.


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